Violence Prevention in Families, Schools, and Community Certificate


Our certificate in Violence Prevention in Families, Schools, and Communities is a great fit if you are interested in working in the community providing assistance to others. With this certificate, you could earn a position as a probation, parole, or corrections officer, social worker or school counselor, mental health professional, nurse or other medical staff, and more. This programs offers the convenience of online courses taught by experienced faculty and practitioners in the substance abuse counseling field.

Program Objectives

By completion, you will be able to:

  • Explain the etiology and impact of family, community, and school violence from biological, psychological, and socio-cultural perspectives
  • Assess and develop a family, community, or school prevention plan by using theoretically-grounded, evidence-based violence prevention strategies
  • Identify risk and protective factors for violence in the family, community, and school
  • Identify and apply the key ethical considerations when implementing violence prevention strategies
  • Deliver accurate, culturally competent violence prevention education to consumers and other professionals by developing appropriate materials and using appropriate techniques
  • Organize family, community, and school violence prevention activities by identifying needs and resources, then engaging community and school partners to mobilize these efforts
  • Advocate for public policy and environment change by identifying policy makers, planning initiatives, and implementing strategies
  • Demonstrate professional growth and responsibility by utilizing current prevention theories and practices, collaborating with other professionals, adhering to legal and professional standards, and advancing her or his own cultural competence

Career Possibilities

The Violence Prevention Certificate was developed as a collaborative effort between the Substance Abuse Counseling and Health Promotion and Education programs, and practitioners in the fields implementing violence prevention strategies. Aspects of the program are well suited for those who come in contact with and may assist addicted persons and their families including:

  • Probation, parole and corrections officers
  • Social workers and school counselors
  • Mental health professionals
  • Nurses and other medical staff
  • Psychiatrists and psychologists
  • Military personnel
  • Certified professionals who may want to enhance their career opportunities
  • Licensed professional counselors